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post #31 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-02-2014, 04:59 PM
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Can you tell me how you removed the springs? See you comment below regarding the King 3 1/4 plunge router



When you plunge it up and down the springs are very noisy and sounds terrible. So I was a little hesitant at first. So I brought it home and
removed the springs,very easy to remove, and I use it table mounted.
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"King is made in Canada somewhere just outside Montreal. They have been making tools since 1920 or so that I know of."

?!...Is it possible the name has been uh, 'liberated' ?

"In 1983 King took over its name and started developing a complete program, selling machinery in collaboration with their partner factories."
Power Tools, Woodworking and Metalworking Machines by King Canada

I'm pretty sure the King cabinet saws that I looked into were built in Taiwan, but that certainly doesn't suggest that there's anything wrong with their products.
The company bio seems to indicate a number of manufacturing sources.
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I bought a King 16" planer years ago. It's been a very good machine to me. A few years later a cousin bought a Delat, one that I don't see in their lineup any more. It was for all practical purposes identical to mine. Jet also has one that is identical, the JWP-160S. Their used to be an equipment company named Star and theirs was also identical. There may be others. That tells me that they are all likely made in Taiwan. Makita and Hitachi aren't any better in some cases. I have a 1900B Makita 3 1/8" power planer. When I was looking for blades for it on ebay I found out that Hitachi also uses the same blades on their model 1900B and it was identical in every way but colour. One seller on ebay showed pictures and names of all the planers that used those blades and there were at least 2 more with identical housings and about 18 more with different housings which may or may not have been made by the same company. You really can't say for sure who made a tool no matter who's name is on it.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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